Hepatitis C: 15 Facts You Never Knew (Part 1)

Hepatitis C: 15 Facts You Never Knew (Part 1)
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Hepatitis C is a dangerous virus that causes serious liver damage and can lead to cancer. It’s very important to be tested for this disease, and seek treatment immediately if you are infected. Here are some things you didn’t know about the virus.

Number Fifteen: Hepatitis C is Curable

Contrary to what many popular myths state, this virus can actually be cured. This is a relatively new phenomenon, thanks to innovative science and research on the subject.

Number Fourteen: It Can Survive Outside the Body

This is not very common, but if the virus stays at room temperature, it can survive for quite some time outside of the body, and live on surfaces such as tables.

Number Thirteen: You Can Get It From Sex

Although it’s very rare, it’s possible to pass this infection along through intercourse. For this reason, condoms should always be used, and you should trust your sexual partners. People with a lot of sex partners are at a higher risk of contracting it.

Number Twelve: Needles are the Most Common Way People Become Infected

This is typically through tattoo needles, piercing needles, or of course shooting up intravenous drugs. The best way to reduce this risk is to be careful any time you are using needles that could have been used for something else before.

Number Eleven: There are 6 Different Types

People typically think there is only one type, but that is not the case. There are different genotypes depending on what kind of blood you have, and the cure you need differs according to this.

Number Ten: Chronic Hepatitis C

Most people who get Hepatitis and don’t treat it as soon as possible will develop this long term issue. It can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis, and scarring of the liver.

Number Nine: If Your Mom Had It, You’re at a Higher Risk

If your mother ever had this disease, it’s important to get tested for it, as this places you in a category of higher risk for developing it at some point in your life. We hope you found part two of our list informative, and thank you for reading.

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